On Thursday, June 6th 2013 Wardsville Golf Course hosted a successful charitable golf tournament with proceeds to support United Way Chatham-Kent and its 25 locally funded agencies, services and programs.
The tournament was the final campaign event organized by the 2012 Bothwell Community Campaign Chair Bob Kopriva. $15,705.00 was raised and all proceeds from the event will be allocated to the 2013 Chatham-Kent Community Fund.
Kopriva is a lifelong golfer at the Wardsville Club and stated that running the tournament was “a true community effort”. He attributes the success to the large amount of generous supporters, donors and volunteers that “continuously say ‘yes’, again and again”.
In the 2012 Community Campaign, Kopriva helped raise a total of $19,825.00 from the Bothwell area. That achievement will help United Way Chatham-Kent assist one-in-three persons living in Chatham-Kent. Many of the funded programs, services and agencies provide supports specifically for the Bothwell area.
Kopriva enjoys supporting his community and insists he was just “taking my turn to help out”. During the successful tournament on June 06 he also announced he was passing the fundraising torch along to his good friends and fellow Bothwell residents Jodi Kish and Mavis Johnston. As Bothwell’s 2013 Campaign Co-Chairs, they will join William Grin and Cecily Coppola on the Chatham-Kent Cabinet.
The 2013 goal and the launching of the 2013 campaign will take place in September. In the meantime, it has been calculated that over 400 men, women and children from the Bothwell community were directly served in 2012 by at least one of the United Way Chatham-Kent’s funded agencies, services and programs. Another successful United Way Campaign in 2013 can help sustain that level of engagement and positive change.
On the afternoon of our recent Annual General Meeting, we were pleased to receive an e-mail from the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario indicating that United Way of Chatham-Kent had met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.
Because of the length of this article, I have chosen to submit it in two parts. Part Two will follow in next week’s column.
These Standards were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy. They are based on the belief that full and accurate disclosure of an organization’s program, management and finances will encourage public support of philanthropy. BBB charity reports extend beyond a cursory review of a charity’s finances. The BBB relies on information voluntarily provided by the charity in order to provide donors with the most complete and accurate information possible. A typical evaluation will examine the following: Annual Report, any complaints from the public, audited financial statements, board roster, current budget and fundraising appeals. These materials are carefully examined to determine whether charities meet the 20 BBB Standards.
The Standards are categorized in four specific areas:
Governance and Oversight
The governing board has the ultimate oversight authority for any charitable organization. This section of standards seeks to ensure that the volunteer board is active, independent, and free of self-dealing. To meet these standards, the organization shall have:
- A board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity’s operations and its staff.
- A board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.
- A minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body, with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation.
- Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as a voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board’s chair or treasurer.
- No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interest with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation.
An organization should regularly assess its effectiveness in achieving its mission. This section seeks to ensure that an organization has defined, measurable goals and objectives in place and a defined process in place to evaluate the success and impact of its program(s) in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the organization and that also identifies ways to address any deficiencies. To meet these standards, a charitable organization shall:
- Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization’s performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.
- Submit to the organization’s governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.
Part Two of this article will speak to the remaining two categories: Finances and Fund-Raising and Informational Materials.
These Standards for Charity Accountability have been reprinted – in summary form – with the permission of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario. The latter organization serves Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Essex, Huron, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford and Perth Counties.
For additional information on the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, follow the link to www.westernontario.bbb.org
Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO
United Way of Chatham-Kent